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Japan Open: Djokovic ousts Popyrin

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic runs to hit a return against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in their men’s singles first round match at the ATP Japan Open Tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 1, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

World Number one Novak Djokovic has cruised into the second round of Japan Open after a comfortable win over Alexei Popyrin.

Djokovic who was playing in his first singles match since pulling out of the US Open due to a left shoulder injury needed roughly 90 minutes to seal a 6-4, 6-2 victory against the 20-year Australian.

The Serb fired seven aces and won 84% of points on his first serve.

Awaiting Djokovic in the next round is Japanese wild card Go Soeda, who upset Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6 and 6-3 in the first round.

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